I’ll define deep family memory in this thread as the passing down of stories by the telling, not by the writing. Although if it was only written down not not too long ago I suppose you can include it. As long as it wasn’t forgotten and relearned by the reading.
Mostly what interests me is the amount of things that have been forgotten. About how things fall out of the story as it passes through the generations. Especially since it seems that for a lot of people they don’t really begin to appreciate the unique knowledge of their grandparents until their gone.
Anyway I’d like to hear your oldest family memories. I’m especially interested in hearing how complete you think that is. How much confidence you have in what’s there. And if you can construct how it was passed down that would be cool too.
Story 1 - A Cherokee family was very concerned about the safety of their daughter so they married her off to some White guy’s son.
Analysis - There is almost no detail left; no names, no dates, no places. I think this story was on the verge of being lost. In fact it was so vague I pretty much dismissed it since it was the kinda stuff my dad loved till research strongly pointed to it being true.
How it came down - I believe the marriage would have taken place in Rome, GA around 1820. Their son was born (c. 1823 to c. 1865) who would have told the story to his daughter (c. 1844. to c. 1893) to her son (1870 to 1957) to his daughter (1902 to 1994) who told my dad who told me.
Story 2 & 3My 4th great grandfather was murdered that when he went to collect a debt. He turned his back on the guy and he hit him in the back of the head with a whip stock. That was in 1845. Then his widow remarried and my 3rd great-grandfather (Cyrus) got into a fight with his step-dad, threw an axe at him and ran off. That would have been not to long after. Cyrus told his son who told his granddaughter who told me. OK, there not very long stories but both are pretty complete. Names, dates, places.